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Moremi: A traitor or a heroine?

Bí ọmọdé ô bá ìtàn, á bá àrọ́bá - itan nipa awon eyan, ibi ati oun meremere ti o jo mo Yoruba/About the history of the people, places and every other Yoruba related things.
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Moremi: A traitor or a heroine?

Post by nomba1 » Fri Dec 16, 2016 10:42 am

Moremi: Odale abi Eyan iyi?

It has been a back and forth argument between the Olugbo of Ugboland, Oba Frederick Obateru Akinruntan and the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi on why Moremi should or should not be celebrated as a heroine. But the issue can actually be viewed from two perspectives, one from the Ooni's and the other from the Olugbo's. What brought about the argument is that the Ooni celebrated Moremi by making a statue for her in Ife - a statue that is the biggest in Nigeria and third in Africa - this obviously was upsetting to the Olugbo because of the history of Moremi in Ugbo land.

History of Moremi
Mo ma se alaye itan Moremi bi o se ye mi si amo ti e ba fe ka si, e beere lowo awon onimo itan Yoruba. The story of Moremi from my understanding is that in the earlier years of Ife, there was relative peace and the people of Ife did their businesses without any rancour. Then came a time when a certain set of creatures would invade Ife, ransack the town and take the people of Ife as slaves. It continued to an extent that it became unbearable and the people of Ife sought solutions to no result. On seeing this, Moremi was said to have volunteered to help Ife to attain victory over her enemies.

So the next time these seemingly scary creatures invaded Ife, Moremi allowed herself to be captured as a slave and whisked away to Ugbo land where these creatures had been coming from. In no time, Moremi warmed her way into the heart of the king of Ugbo land at that time. She became an ayaba in Ugbo land and consequently got wind of the secret of Ugbo people on what made them look scary such that Ife people thought that they were not humans. In her sojourn there, she found out that the Ugbo people would cover themselves with a sort of dry leaves so that they could not be identified easily thereby scaring away people whenever they see them.

Having known their secret weapon, she knew their weakness from there and therefore escaped from Ugbo land to Ife in order to give them the news of her findings. The next visit of the Ugbo people to Ife after Moremi had leaked their secret was not going to be pleasurable. Ile-Ife had already prepared fire in anticipation of Ugbo people's next visit so when they did visit, Ife people lit the leaves they (Ugbo) wrapped round their bodies with the torches thereby leaving the Ugbo people scattered and weaponless since their only weapon was fear. They ran back to Ugbo land realising that their secret was already open but it was too late as Ife liberated herself from Ugbo people's slavery since the torch incident.

Moremi became a heroine in Ife and she was was once again with her husband who is believed to be an Ooni then.

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Ti e ba je omo Ife, Moremi ma je eyan iyi ni awujo amo ti e ba je omo ile Ugbo, Moremi a je odale.
Therefore, an Ife people will always view Moremi as a heroine while an Ugbo person will always remember her as a traitor. It is just a matter of perspectiive and I think the Obas should respect each other's opinion without recourse to insults and lies in the name of history.
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Re: Moremi: A traitor or a heroine?

Post by ounpe » Sat Dec 17, 2016 12:02 am

O try but your account of the history is not complete.

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Re: Moremi: A traitor or a heroine?

Post by Rhomax » Sun Dec 18, 2016 11:15 pm

ounpe wrote:O try but your account of the history is not complete.
O de fun wa ni itan ti e....
Rhomax na ni :D

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Re: Moremi: A traitor or a heroine?

Post by ounpe » Tue Dec 20, 2016 9:57 pm

Rhomax wrote:
ounpe wrote:O try but your account of the history is not complete.
O de fun wa ni itan ti e....
Don't patronize me. Onirase.

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Re: Moremi: A traitor or a heroine?

Post by ridwan.lukman » Sun Mar 12, 2017 9:05 pm

o gbiyanju

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Re: Moremi: A traitor or a heroine?

Post by nomba1 » Mon Mar 13, 2017 11:35 am

E se @ridwan.lukman
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